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Presented By: Center for Armenian Studies

ASP Lecture. "Re-reading the Crusades: Armenian Sources."

The general trend in the scholarship surrounding the crusades in the last half-century has been one which considered this period solely from the perspective of Western Europe, neglecting to acknowledge material in Armenian, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew and other traditions as valuable resources to the study of the period. As a result, a majority of the scholarship surrounding the crusades has set the narratives of Western Europe in opposition to those of the “east,” contributing to the understanding of this period as solely antagonistic. In an attempt to break away from and argue against compartmentalized readings of crusading texts, my talk will begin with an assessment and evaluation of crusading scholarship, as well as a commentary on the classification of literary and historiographic narratives as “crusading” texts. By providing a brief survey and analysis of Armenian sources, the second section will then move to a discussion of the contribution of the Armenians to the to the study of the crusading period. Drawing attention to one of these primary sources, the talk will conclude with a discussion of the “Lamentation over the capture of Jerusalem” by the Catholicos Grigor Tlay, and will contextualize this lament within the greater narrative of the genre of lament, the Crusades, and Mediterranean Studies.

Tamar Boyadjian, Principal Museum Scientist, UCLA.
Co-sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Mediterranean Topographies Workshop.

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